Safe Sleep Practices
In an effort to keep infants safe while sleeping, the National Institutes of Health launched Safe to Sleep®, a public education campaign to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of death. Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has also established a policy on safe sleep practices, based on the best practice guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Each year, there are about 3,500 reported cases of SIDS, and an additional 2,000 deaths are connected to unsafe sleeping practices. Since the start of the Safe to Sleep campaign, SIDS rates in the United States have decreased by almost 50 percent, both overall and within various racial/ethnic groups. However, SIDS remains the leading cause of death for U.S. infants 1 month to 1 year of age. Deaths related to suffocation due incorrect bed or sleeping practices have risen as well.
We have created this webpage as a resource for parents to learn how to create a safe sleep environment. Please read the document below from the Safe to Sleep campaign and review the resources listed. This will help you to keep your child safe while sleeping at home and in the hospital. You’ll learn about the proper bedding, the correct sleeping position for your child, where your child should – and shouldn’t – be sleeping and other ways to keep your child safe. If you have any questions or concerns about safe sleeping practices, please speak to your child’s physician.
- Safe Sleep for Your Baby (General Audience)
- Safe Sleep for Your Baby (En Español)
- Safe Sleep for Your Baby (African American Audience)
- Safe Sleep for Your Baby (American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Audience)
- Safe Sleep for Your Grandbaby (English)
- Safe Sleep for Your Grandbaby (En Español)
- Sueño Seguro para Su Bebé
- Honor the Past, Learn for the Future: Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death (American Indian/Alaska Native Outreach)
- Safe to Sleep Doorhanger (General Audience)
- Safe to Sleep Doorhanger (African American Audience)
- Prevention of Sudden Infant Death System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Safe to Sleep – Crib Information Center (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
- Safe Sleep Video: 1 minute (National Institutes of Health)
- Safe Sleep Video: 1 minute (National Institutes of Health) En Español
- Safe Sleep Environment for Parents and Trusted Caregivers: 2 minutes (National Institutes of Health)
- Safe Sleep Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics: 2 minutes